In Brittany, a librarian decides to collect any books that have been rejected by publishers and is promptly inundated with all manner of manuscripts. Among them, a young publisher discovers what she believes to be a masterpiece, written by a certain Henri Pick. She sets out to track down the author, only to learn that he died two years earlier. According to his widow, he never read a single book or wrote anything more than a shopping list... Did he have a secret life? Shrouded in mystery, Pick's book becomes a huge hit and ends up having surprising consequences for the literary world.